Incident Investigations
May 2, 2021 5:25 pm
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A lot is written about incident investigations and how to perform an effective one. Here are some insights and hints from our experience:Read more

What Makes a Good SOP
May 2, 2021 6:12 pm
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We can look back in history of incident investigation of recent events and they have been focused on safe working practices, fatigue management and equipment failures, but often, the focus is not on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). The following questions should asked with respect to SOPs:

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Emergency Response Tips
May 2, 2021 6:15 pm
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When emergencies happen, a well organised and drilled facility will cope better and minimise loss to people, assets and the environment. Here are some tips on deploying an effective emergency response.

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Confined Spaces
May 2, 2021 6:31 pm
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It is not the purpose of this note to regurgitate the contents of the various standards covering confined spaces but to provide a personal perspective. AS 2865 2009 is a good reference covering the definition, isolation, cleaning, rescue plan, atmospheric limits, ventilation etc.

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Consequence Modelling of Toxic Gas Releases
May 2, 2021 4:11 pm
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Much has been said about the science and tools used to assess the scale of catastrophic events. The term “consequence modelling” will be used in this blog to describe this activity. On the morning of the 7th May 2020, a styrene leak occurred at the LG polymers chemical factory in Visakhapatnam, India. It is currently believed the leak occurred due to the failure of a valve on the refrigeration system cooling the styrene tanks, causing the styrene to boil off and escape. It is currently unknown how much styrene gas was released, however the site had capacity to store 2,000 metric tonnes of the acutely toxic material.

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